Know legal limits in war on crime

Rural crime is on the rise in Ireland. Farmers especially can be targeted because of the high value of machinery they possess, and the isolated nature of farms, ...

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Technical efficiency is often the route to really high dairy profit

Highly profitable dairy farmers learned in the University of Life how to be financially savvy and understand the figures, said agricultural consultant and land agent ...

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Oliver Moore: ‘Fed up’ farmers on the streets of Berlin

For the sixth year in a row, last weekend found me in Berlin for the annual Wir Haben Es Satt. This event

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Reduce GHGs and earn more on the dairy farm

Glanbia dairy farmers have been advised on how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs).

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'Another night call to a herd of overfat calvers'

Just before I was about to retire to bed, one night recently I received a call from Enda, on of my clients.

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Farmers follow markets, EU, government, not EAT-Lancet

A diet rich in plant-based foods and with fewer animal source foods is a “win-win” for both people and the planet, according to last week’s EAT-Lancet ...

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Co-ops hold milk prices as EU slows production

An increase in the Ornua Price Purchase Index monthly indicator of market returns on dairy products offers co-ops to hold December milk prices unchanged from November. ...

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New BDGP needed quickly as beef sector faces into Brexit

There was probably never a good time for Ireland’s dysfunctional beef industry to face such an existential threat as Brexit.

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Q&A: Managing staff essential part of modern farming

As more farmers become employers, the basics of staff supervision have been addressed by John Mulhern, principal, Teagasc College at the National Botanic Gardens, ...

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Teagasc warns of very low protein in some 2018 silage

The dangers for herd health posed by grass silage with a very low protein content have been highlighted by Teagasc advisers.

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Invaluable tool to manage herd health

The Farm Medicine Scanner introduced in 2018 by Irish company Herdwatch was one of the silver award winners for innovation at last week’s LAMMA show in England. ...

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Spring calving in suckler herds

Do you have everything ready for the busy season ahead?

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Lesson from down under: Do not over-expand

A recent report from New Zealand indicated that many farmers there blamed the introduction if supplementary feeding, in order to improve output per cow, for the ...

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Karen Walsh: Tricky business of family land ownership

Have I any rights to my land?

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Property: March auction for 240-acre farm

In what is likely to be one of the biggest farm sales of the year, Harty & Co Auctioneers in Dungarvan, Co Waterford are beginning the New Year with the announcement ...

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Satellites show regional variations in fodder

Despite nine named storms lashing the land in 2018, it was the uplands of the west and the bogs of the midlands that produced more grass and other herbage than usual ...

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IFA says Irish and UK farmers have shared interest in avoiding a 'no deal' Brexit

Joe Healy said the Irish & UK food supply chains are deeply integrated.

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Charlie takes Teagasc award at BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition 2019

Westmeath student Charlie Drumm's new Freshgraze system, an automated cloud-controlled moving fence for livestock, is attracting a lot of attention.

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Circling is a telltale sign of Listeriosis in a calf

IT was a Sunday when Dan called. He was in a spot of bother with an in-calf heifer.

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Department of Agriculture: ‘Deer don’t spread much bovine TB’

There is no evidence that deer play a significant role in transmitting TB to cattle in most of the country outside Wicklow, according to the Department of Agriculture. ...

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New forest industry grouping sets ambitious targets

A new trade association for the forestry and timber industries forecasts major growth, as the supply of raw material from Irish forests doubles in the period to ...

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Young scientists look to the future and the impact we have on it

This year, 1,137 students are exhibiting 550 projects across four categories — Biological and Ecological Sciences; Chemical, Physical and Mathematical Sciences; ...

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Time to get moving if interested in the Help-To-Buy Scheme

The Help-To-Buy scheme was introduced in 2016 as an aid to first-time property buyers of new properties and those who wish to build their own home, while also acting ...

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Fake news about the EU has been around for many years

Delegates at last week’s Oxford Farming Conference said they would vote 60% in favour of remaining in the EU, if there was a second Brexit referendum. However, ...

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Discovery of Bluetongue in Germany a warning to stay vigilant, says UFU

he Ulster Farmers’ Union says the discovery of Bluetongue in Germany is a warning to farmers in Northern Ireland to remain vigilant.

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How to spend the money of a EuroMillions win

Denis Lehane knows the first thing he'd do if he found himself swimming in money

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Farm partnership: Focus on the potential benefits

A partnership is simply a business arrangement that benefits all parties involved.

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Ra-Rake launch after EU funds €1.4m research

EU funding of nearly €1 million has gone into a research project in Italy which has resulted in a new double-wheel rake that reduces dust contamination of forage. ...

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Drones: the legal position of users

Karen Walsh In the past couple of years, the flying and operating of drones has become increasingly more popular.

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Risk-based trading for 2030 TB commitment

Plans to eradicate bovine TB by 2030 or sooner, and make a huge cost saving for farmers and taxpayers, would include risk-based cattle trading.

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30-40 years of TB eradication at current pace

It will take 30 to 40 years of the current measures to eradicate bovine TB, according to the Department of Agriculture.

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Solar farms still some way off

It is likely to be some time before solar farms become a common sight in rural Ireland, with Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Richard ...

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Threat Response Plan may boost forestry

A plan which may allow the Department of Agriculture to approve afforestation projects in Special Protection Areas (SPAs) is being finalised for public consultation ...

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Overweight? Try the calf diet

I’ve put on a terrible amount of weight over the Christmas.

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Auto slug counter gives crop threat alerts

Monitoring slugs which may damage crops is a tiresome business for crop growers, who are advised to lay traps with muesli underneath to attract the slugs, and monitor ...

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It is time to make a will and prepare for the one sure thing in life

Making a will is one of the important things you can do to protect your farm and your family’s future, writes Karen Walsh.

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